Principal's Message

Dear Van Buren School Community,  


I am honored to serve as your leader, embracing the history, values and potential Van Buren encompasses. I celebrate the diversity and contributions each of you have made toward Van Buren. Every individual here shines with the light of leadership and scholarship, fueling my goal to have Van Buren once again, serve the community as a beacon of academic excellence. Through fostering innovation, collaboration, community, and trust among all stakeholders, we will achieve excellence and accessibility to high standards for all. 


In partnership with our ed opt. and screened programs; Stem Institute for Engineering & Robotics, Stem Institute for Science Research, and Institute for Law & Humanities, we will continue to inspire and build our future engineers, doctors, lawyers, nurses and contributing community members. We will continue and exceed our advanced placement offerings and opportunities for college readiness. In addition, students will leave Van Buren, college, or career ready, on a path to global citizenship and civic readiness. 


In collaboration with our parents, teachers, and staff, who together create the backbone of our ladder toward success, I am excited to embark on this journey with you as your principal.


Deborah Nettleford